Most larger venues – banquet halls, hotels, etc – have an employee whose job it is to work with bridal couples. They are there to help you make choices associated with the venue, and then make sure all runs well at the venue on the wedding day. Often, this person sports a title like, ‘On-Site Coordinator,’ or ‘Event Manager.’ These titles are misleading, however, to bridal couples who assume that by booking that venue, they now have a Wedding Planner.
This simply isn’t true: the venue’s employee works for the venue, and their first priority will be to make sure everything the venue is responsible for happens smoothly. When you have questions in the months leading up to your wedding, it isn’t their responsibility to come up with answers. If on your wedding day your dress tears, you forget the toasting glasses, or the floral arrangements arrive all wrong, the venue’s coordinator may not be able to help. Not that they won’t care – and many, if time permits, will do their best to be of assistance in these emergencies. But, ultimately, those things just aren’t their problem. They will be busy making sure the room is set right, the bars are stocked properly, and the kitchen is on schedule. So, don’t assume that you’ll be able to lean on your venue’s staff for extra help. No matter how much they might want to, often, they simply can’t: it’s just not in their job description.
(And, to those who say, “but, I’m paying a lot of money for this venue – they are working for me!” True, to a point – your event’s fees will cover a portion of the on-site Coordinator’s salary this week. But, they will still be there next week, another event will be in that room, and their paycheck will still have the venue’s name on it. Their final loyalty and responsibility must lie with their employer.)
So, if you want someone to be there on your wedding day who will be focused on you and making everything run smooth-as-silk – hire a Wedding Planner.
With the multitude of wedding magazines, websites, blogs, television and more out there today, it's easy to become overwhelmed by the choices available to you. My suggestion? Before you look at the first wedding anything, look around your home. What magazines and books do you already own? What draws you to them? What colors are on your walls, your furniture, your accessories? What kind of style - contemporary, country, classic...? Whether you have a passion for fashion, gardening, home decor, or something completely different, think about how these natural "likes" could be reflected in your wedding.
It's easy to flip through a wedding magazine, and find many, many beautiful things that you love - and you will love them - but if you haven't already determined what you love outside of wedding design, you could very easily end up with either: A) a wedding that does not reflect your genuine style, or B) a hodgepodge of ideas that get tossed together, regardless of how they coordinate.
Finally, check in with your other half. Each of you should make a list of two-three favorite colors, plus activities and hobbies. Think of things you share - perhaps you have a sport you enjoy together, a favorite shared hobby, or perhaps a special vacation spot? What is it you each adore about the other? What makes your bond unique? Answering these questions can create a firm foundation on which to create your signature wedding look. (This isn't to say you should use everything on your lists - edit accordingly. However, you just might learn that your second favorite color is the same on both your lists - an obvious place to begin a wedding palette.)
Just remember to start with who you truly are first, then layer the wedding look on top of that. You'll be thrilled with the end result!
Signature drinks are all the rage - from sipping at cocktail parties to receptions, you simply can’t go wrong with a customized drink from the bride and groom! However, there are a few tips and tricks we loved from Brides Magazine that we just had to share. Keep in mind that these cocktails are supposed to be personalized to you (the couple) so think ahead about what style, liquors and garnishes you may want to feature on your big day.
Do a taste test. This is a must for any couple looking to perfect a signature drink for their big day. Sit down with a couple of your friends and a mixologist/bartender to sample some flavors, liquors and concoctions to see which one suits you best!
Be innovative. Try customizing the color, liquor or the garnishes of the signature drink to match the décor of your wedding. This makes for a fun added detail that guest will love partaking in.
Use your venue as inspiration. Do consider your location when choosing an appropriate signature drink. Having a chic, downtown wedding—how about a twist on an apple martini? Or maybe your wedding is located on the beach—choose a more fruity signature drink to compliment your surrounding area.
Have fun, in moderation. There is nothing worse than an extra rowdy guest at a wedding, so choose carefully on the amount you are serving your guests in each signature cocktail. You can modify the portion by substituting different liquors for lighter ingredients or serve them in smaller portions.
Sip and nibble. I love the idea of having a signature drink that is personalized with a mini treat. Try serving your signature drink in shot glasses with a little something to nibble on the side. Guests will not only love the fancy drink, but get to munch on something as well!
Ladies & Gents, please tell everyone you know about our Spring Intern Search! We have teamed up with Circle City Planners to find four great interns for next semester. It's difficult to find good talent in this industry so we are opening our doors up wide. The four positions that will be needed are an Events Intern for CCP, Sales/Marketing Intern for CCP, Floral Design/Decor Intern for CCD, & Sales/Marketing Intern for l'Evento. If you have any friends, family members or acquaintances who are looking to get a foot in the door in the events industry, this is the perfect opportunity! We appreciate all your support and hope you will help us get some great people to attend the search! For more details or info on the positions, please visit the event listing on the CCP Facebook page.
The search will be held on Monday, Dec. 6th, at 7 p.m. SHARP, hosted at l'Evento Resource Boutique in Carmel. (Address: 21 S Rangeline Rd, Carmel, IN, 46032.) All potential interns must bring their resumes, portfolio if possible, and of course, dress to impress! We can't wait!
P.S. We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We are so thankful to have such supportive friends and fans!
For our 1 Year Anniversary Celebration last week (photos coming soon!), I re-decorated the windows at L'Evento, with great success. Many compliments were received for the fun and lovely tissue paper pom-poms, so I decided to share the instructions for these simple decorations. They are easily adapted to different situations and styles - changes in color, size and end-cut can create a totally different effect. Prepare to experiment a little with the number of layers needed if you are working with a paper size other than indicated in the instructions.
How to make the hanging pom-poms You'll need tissue paper and 24-gauge white cloth-covered floral wire.
1. Stack eight 20-by-30-inch sheets of tissue. Make 1 1/2-inch wide accordion folds, creasing with each fold. 2. Fold and 18-inch piece of floral wire in half, and slip over the center of folded tissue; twist. With scissors, trim ends of tissue into rounded or pointy shapes. 3. Separate layer, pulling away from center one at a time. 4. Tie a length of monofilament (fishing line) to floral wire for hanging.
All too often, I see people agonizing over color selections for their event. Concerns of seasonality, appeal to other key people (e.g., the groom), availability, and more always come up. So today, I’d like to begin an occasional series on color to address some of those concerns.
Worried your favorite color won’t work with the time of year? It doesn’t have to be a problem. While you can choose to tie your event closely to the season – think cornucopias and burnt orange in fall, snowflakes and silver in winter, etc. – it is certainly not necessary. When was the last time you saw a child’s birthday party planned around the season? No self-respecting 9-year-old would welcome a cornucopia to her party any more than a bride would decorate with iCarly.
So why is it that when a big event comes into our lives, we so often feel compelled to follow the seasonal trends? Perhaps it’s the magazines, driving us to these ends, or the stores, providing us with endless selections of perfectly seasonal décor, many months in advance. Whatever it is, feel free to ignore it all when choosing colors for your event.
Your colors should reflect you or the guest of honor’s personality and preferences and the type of event. Think about what colors make you feel good: confident, powerful, beautiful, excited – whatever emotions you’d like to evoke in yourself. Start there, and choose a palette that makes you happy, ignoring the colors you’re “supposed” to choose. By choosing colors in this way, you’ll make your event time-less and season-less.